Tag Archives: The Help

Rant – And The Oscar goes to…

So the Oscar nominations are finally out, and there is plenty to talk about. An interesting mix this year. Obviously I am delighted for The Artist, but someone made a very valid point to me yesterday about expecting a backlash against the film that is sweeping the board at awards ceremonies around the world. I am also delighted for The Tree of Life and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which were sadly ignored at the Golden Globes. Continue reading

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Cinema Review – The Help

The Help is based on the beloved novel by Kathryn Stockett and tells the story of African-American women working as maids in the Southern US during the civil rights era were viewed, and how they viewed their employers. A young white woman, Skeeter (Emma Stone) sees the world differently to her contemporaries, and sets about writing a story from the point of view of the ‘help’. Skeeter convinces Aibileen (Viola Davis) who has spent her life as a maid and nanny, raising children who are not her own to speak frankly with her; before long, African-American women are telling a white woman their secrets. Continue reading

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